Waimea Canyon (the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific") and the remote Na Pali Coast

Waimea Canyon Travel Blog

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The weather was quite cloudy and rainy on the windward side of Kaua'i where we were so we decided to make the best of it and escape to the other side, where the weather is usually much less cloudy, to see the Waimea Canyon, often also referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific". Unlike the windward side of Kaua'i it is very dry on this side of the island and it really shows in a dramatically different landscape

Once we got to the canyon the highway took us along one side of it and we stopped at many of the scenic lookout points that are dotted all over the place. There is no way to go right through the canyon except on foot, but we left that for another time. The views from the lookouts where amazing nonetheless and offered fantastic overviews over the entire canyon area.
I took so many photos and the views were so amazing that it was really difficult to make a selection for this blog (I know it looks like I didn't but trust me, this is only a part of all the pictures I took). The road then ends at another lookout point and has by then pretty much gone all the way around the isnald, nearly back to where we originally took off from. The canyon was now just behind us and instead we had absolutely amazing views over the Na Pali coast and the Kalalau Valley. Several trails start here and Matthew and I walked some way along one of them, more or less with the beginning of the canyon on one side and the stunning Kalalau Valley and Na Pali Coast on the other.

Our way back took us through Lihu'e, Kapa'a and Wailau as well as past several beaches. We stopped at one or two to take pictures of the incoming surf before finally returning to our villa. It was a day with some of the most beautiful landscapes I had seen on my trips so far.
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Waimea Canyon
photo by: alanmica